Rav Kook’s Formative Years in Eastern Europe, 1865-1904

Rav Kook’s Formative Years in Eastern Europe, 1865-1904

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Yehudah Mirsky

Series: Jewish Thought, Jewish History: New Studies
ISBN: 9781618119537 (hardcover), 9781618119551 (paperback)
Pages: approx. 525 pp.
Publication Date: Summer 2019

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Yehudah Mirsky is associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis and a member of the faculty of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He teaches courses on Jewish thought, Jewish law and ethics, the history of Zionism and Israel, and on human rights and the nexus of religion, state and society. Mirsky worked in Washington as an aide to then-Senators Bob Kerrey and Al Gore, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and served in the Clinton Administration as special advisor in the US State Department's human rights bureau.  After the attacks of September 11 he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross. In Israel he was a fellow at the Van Leer Institute and Jewish People Policy Institute, and a grass-roots activist; he is on the board of Hatenuah Hayerushalmit, the movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem, of which he was a founder. He has written widely on politics, theology and culture and is the author of the widely acclaimed biography Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press, 2014), which was awarded the Sami Rohr Choice Award of the Jewish Book Council.